Heritage Week

National Heritage Week Events taking place in Castlerea this week and next.
For a full itinerary of events check out https://www.heritageweek.ie/

Guided Tour of Clonalis House and Display of Restored Landau Coach
When: Saturday, 17th August, 11am – 3:45pm.
Where: Clonalis House, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. 
Admission: Adult: €8 Child: €4 Concession: €Senior €6 and Students €6. 
For more information click here: https://www.heritageweek.ie/…/…/display-of-restored-carriage

Traditional Hand Woven Basket Demonstration: 
When: Tuesday 20th August, 2pm – 4pm, 
Where: Castlerea Library, Main Street, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. 
Admission Free. 
For more information click here: https://www.heritageweek.ie/…/traditional-hand-woven-basket…

Wild Child Day Buzbee Puppet String: 
When: Wednesday 21st August, 12pm – 3:45pm
Where: The Fairy House, Fairy Village, The Demesne, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon.
Admission Free. 
For more information click here: https://www.heritageweek.ie/…/wild-child-day-buzbee-puppet-…

Castlerea Colour Run 2019

The 2019 Castlerea Colour Run is taking place this coming Sunday, 18th August at 2pm. Registration is from 11am – 1.30pm in the Lidl Carpark.
So why not take part and help us raise funds for Jigsaw – a centre for Youth Mental Health.
You can run, skip, walk or cartwheel your way around our 5km scenic route and get plastered in lots of different colours. Then meet back at the finish line where you can enjoy more fun, music, sweet treats, bouncy castles and unique photo opportunities.
The main aim of our run is to get outside, have some healthy fun and exercise and help raise much-needed funds for Jigsaw. With no winners or official times, the Colour Run caters to everyone – first-time runners, athletes, kids, buggies and even dogs.
Dress Code: WHITE, WHITE, WHITE! Free T-shirts for anyone who needs one.
Adults €10U16 €5Family €20 (2 adults & 2 children)
For more info 0834441494.

Chefs of Roscommon

Enterprise Castlerea Ltd. are delighted to host a night of culinary treats, when five award-winning chefs from Roscommon showcase their talents at a Cookery Demonstration event in the Hub, Castlerea on Monday, 29th July at 7.30pm. The evening will be part of the Castlerea International Rose Festival. 

Alan Fitzmaurice, a native of Castlerea, joined the team at The Glasshouse in Sligo in 2012, having previously worked in The Waterfront Restaurant in Rosses Point and Castle Dargan, Sligo. Alan is no stranger to awards and he loves to take classic dishes and add a new twist, using fresh, locally-sourced produce to engage our taste buds. 

Alison Crean, pastry chef in The Abbey Hotel, Roscommon, will also be present on the night. Alison’s most recent award was at the Restaurants Association of Ireland’s Food Oscars 2019, where she was presented with a Best Chef award. 

Niall Bracken is head chef in Keenan’s of Tarmonbarry, having previously worked in the Glasson Country House Hotel and Golf Club. Niall also likes to use fresh, local produce in his dishes. 

Having worked for over 24 years in multi Michelin star restaurants and five-star hotels across the USA and Europe Ryan Murphy has taken over as head chef in The Yew Tree, Lecarrow since 2018. In his restaruant, he offers classic European and contemporary Irish cuisine, prepared to the highest standard. 

Sinead O’Brien, who hails from Castlerea, is the Executive Pastry Chef at Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa. The Ivy Restaurant at Dunboyne Castle is noted for its excellent cuisine and its use of wonderful produce from the Co. Meath countryside. 

On the night there will also be displays of local artisan food products, food tastings, spot prizes and raffles. 

Enterprise Castlerea is grateful to the sponsors of the event – Harmac Medical (Castlerea), Flogas and Benny’s Deli and a special word of thanks to the five chefs who will be present on the night. All monies raised will go towards the ongoing development of The Hub. Tickets, which are on sale locally, cost €10 and will also be available at the door on the night. 

Breakout for Hospice


BREAKOUT FOR HOSPICE takes place this coming Saturday, 20th April. This is going to be a magnificent day with something for the whole family. Check out the full schedule of events below. And remember, all proceeds raised on the day go directly to funding the building of the new Hospice in Roscommon.

09:30 – Castlerea parkrun & parkwalk.

The morning kickstarts at 9.30am with the weekly parkrun & parkwalk. This is a timed 5k suitable for all fitness levels – you can run, walk or jog at your own pace. You can register on www.parkrun.ie/castlerea. Or for more information check out the Castlerea parkrun Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Castlereaparkrun.

11:00 – Charity Cycle 120k/70k/15k Route options.

There are 3 routes on the day – 120km & 70km starting at 11am, and a 15km family route starting at 2.30pm. Registration opens at 9am on the day in the Castlerea Enterprise Hub (F45 AC96 ). Prices are €30 for Cycling Ireland members and for non-Cycling Ireland members it is €35 for 120km and 70km route. 15km Family route is €20 for Cycling Ireland members and €25 for non-Cycling Ireland members. For more information or to register for the cycle click here: https://eventmaster.ie/event/38nIx4tZW…

11:00 – Easter Egg Hunt

The annual Easter Egg Hunt is taking place at the Fairy Village in the Demesne. You can enter via The Square and the meeting point will be at the thatched cottage in the Fairy Village. Entry fee is €5 or there is a family ticket for €20. This is a fun event for all the family.

12:00 – Family Fun Day in The Hub & Somers Park

An exciting Family Fun Day with special guests the Garda Air Support Unit, Mounted Horse Unit and Canine Units. There will also be face painting with Fierce Fun Faces – Face Painting, a Go-Kart track, bouncy castles, BBQ plus lots more fun. Refreshments will be served in the Castlerea Enterprise Hub to all those participating in the cycle on their return. There will be a number of volunteers available on the day with collection buckets so please donate what you can.

19:00 – Charity Football Match

A novel GAA Football match which is taking place at 7pm in St. Kevin’s GAA pitch where members of An Garda Síochána will line out against members of the Irish Prison Service to see who will become the Breakout for Hospice 2019 Champions! Member of the Roscommon County Team will also be in attendance so its a great chance for young footballers to meet their heroes. There will be donation buckets at the gates on the way in to please give what you can.

21:30 – Social Event & Auction

To finish off this fantastic day there will be a social night and auction in Hesters Golden Eagle. There are some amazing items up for auction including:

  • Signed Connaught Rugby Jersey
  • Signed Ireland Rugby Jersey
  • Signed Manchester United Jersey
  • Signed Roscommon Jersey
  • Framed Manchester United Winning Champions League Jersey (1999) with players signatures on insert
  • Signed Shay Given Gloves from his final Ireland Game
  • A Berg Kart
  • Heavy Duty Picnic Bench made by Irish Prison Service

Plus they have some amazing raffle prizes on the night also. There will be music and finger food also. This is a night not to be missed.

If you have any queries you can contact Evan on 0873541440 or Tyrone on 0868277991. Check out Castlerea.ie on Facebook for further updates.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Our Annual Easter Hunt is taking place this coming Saturday, 20th April from 11am – 1pm. It takes place at the Fairy Village in the Demesne. Entry is €5 per child (Family €20) with all proceeds go to Break Out For Hospice. Each child will receive an Easter Egg upon completion. And if you still have energy after the hunt the Family Fun Day is kicking off down at The Hub from 12 noon with the Garda Helicopter, Canine and Horses, Go Kart Track, Facepainting, BBQ plus lots more fun.

Thank you to Patricia’s Montessori & After School Club and Castlerea Town Team for once again organising the event and to the Break Out For Hospice Committee for providing all the yummy Easter Eggs.